See 2 Huge Lions Fight For Dominance … In Slow Motion

Written by Kirstin Opal
Published: November 15, 2022
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Dominance is a tale as old as time and in the wild, it’s more prevalent than ever. The biggest cats in Africa and the second biggest in the entire planet are lions. Additionally, they are the only fully social cats who live in prides.

Females in a pride are typically connected and frequently live their entire lives with that pride. Yet, from around 3 years of age, males are expelled from the pride. At this stage, they frequently adopt a nomadic lifestyle or coexist with other males, frequently their siblings.

Lion family portrait
Lions are typically expelled from their pride around age 3 years.

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What you’re about to witness is the equivalent of two men taking part in a bar fight over a pretty girl … except with lions, they’re a bit more unhinged. It is standard lion behavior to fight for dominance in a pride.

A male lion’s gorgeous, thick mane serves as both a status symbol and a neck protector in a battle. The present male or coalition of males will fight if another male attempts to take over the pride. If they prevail, new, triumphant males will frequently kill all cubs remaining reliant on their mothers.

Although it may appear cruel, the new pride leaders are ensuring that they devote their time and resources to caring for and defending their own pups by acting in this way. In this video, two lions go toe-to-toe in an attempt to earn the title of pride leader.

Facing Off

As they charge at each other, we see the lionesses in the area scurry away to safety. Any other lion around during these interactions can be hurt. With their powerful jaws wide open, these big cats hold nothing back as they attack one another. 

A viewer has this to say about the encounter: “It’s amazing how lions are considered the epitome of bravery and ferocity throughout all of history regardless of geographical location or cultural traditions. Truly deserving of the title king of the jungle!” 

You’ll get chills as you watch these two battle it out. Thankfully, neither walked away with grave injuries. The pride crowned a winner after a short fight for the role. Take a look at the intense interaction below! 

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Lion roars on top a rock
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About the Author

When she's not busy playing with her several guinea pigs, her 14-year-old dog, or her cat Finlay Kirstin is writing articles to help other pet owners. She's also a REALTOR® in the Twin Cities and is passionate about social justice. There's nothing that beats a rainy day with a warm cup of tea and Frank Sinatra on vinyl for this millennial.

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